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In modern times Tarot cards have become a popular tool that many people use to understand the deeper meaning of life. Here is a brief history of Tarot cards as outlined by Michelle Walter.
The Tarot cards can be understood as symbolic keys to the mystery of life. The Tarot cards are gateways to our sub-conscious mind, bringing forth hidden knowledge into the open. Each of the 78 cards, divided into 22 Major Arcana and 56 Minor Arcana, are replete with inner secrets.
The word "Arcane" which means mysteries or hidden secrets is the source of the name "Arcana". Each individual Tarot card has links to the wisdom of ancient civilisations, the Egyptian Book of Thoth, and the Jewish Kabbalah, which like the Major Arcana also has 22 symbols.
However, the full truth about the historical origins of the Tarot cards are wrapped in mystery. All we actually know is the Tarot cards have developed as people have used them in their search for meaning. The Marseille Deck is the first deck to have an historical origin with a record of its use in Paris in 1393, during the reign of King Charles VI.
When we compare Tarot cards with Astrology, Runes and the I Ching it does not seem to have a very long history. Astrology and the I Ching for example go back to pre-historic times. The widely held belief is that Tarot cards were used for a long time in secret before there was any recorded use. We do know that for many years they were actually banned from use in a number of European countries.
Do not think of the Tarot cards as a list of meanings to be memorised and then regurgitated when learning to do a reading. No, Tarot cards have a symbolic life of their own which we can use as a medium for exploring our intuitions. We need to build a relationship with the cards, immerse ourselves into the symbolism and slowly let their meanings seep into our conscious and subconscious mind.
Learning to read the Tarot intuitively is the most intelligent way because you are not trying to guess or learn meanings out of a book. Through the Tarot you are learning to harness a natural power you have in your subconscious mind.
Try this easy intuition exercise as a simple step to the process of learning to read the Tarot cards....
* Firstly, separate out the major arcana cards from the minor arcana. Hold the Tarot cards between your hands while you relax and breathe in and out at least three times. Each time you breathe out, feel yourself relaxing down into a more receptive state of consciousness.
* Now think about the question you are seeking guidance from the Tarot on.
* Shuffle the Tarot deck in a calm and easy way. After you have finished shuffling, place the cards face down on the table and just once cut the Tarot cards. Next, place the bottom set on the top and then turn over one card.
* Take a few moments to meditate on the Tarot card. What are your first impressions? Write these down in a journal. Try not to analyze or filter what you feel or see in this tarot card - it may be a colour, a face, or something in the background which stands out to you. Your first impression of this tarot card may be a saying that comes to you or an understanding about life. It doesn't have to be a definite conclusion about meaning because often our first impressions are quite vague.
* Do this exercise each day for a week. You will find the process of self-discovery to be very interesting
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